I will be running my first half-marathon on Sunday, November 13th and can’t wait to start carb-loading. Carb-loading involves consuming large amounts of carbohydrates to provide extra energy during physically demanding exercise. Endurance athletes typically increase their intake to 2 to 5 grams of carbohydrates per pound of body weight (or roughly 70% of their food consumption) in the three days leading up to their event. I’m only planning on doing it for the two days before the race, because it’s just a half-marathon. I pulled off my 12-mile practice run with one day of carb-loading, so I’m just adding an extra one to be on the safe side.
To start celebrating this accomplishment, I’m rounding up a few favorite carb-rich, healthy meals that I should definitely look into making in the next couple of days.